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Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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Choir Boy  
Raven Theatre Choir Boy
 
Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in his school's fifty-year history. First he must gain the respect of his peers, but he's an outsider in a world steeped in rites and rituals, a community that demands he conform.

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United Flight 232  
Chopin Theatre United Flight 232
 
The House Theatre of Chicago announces the return of the 2016 Joseph Jefferson award-winning show for "Best Production of a Play (midsize)," adapted and directed by Vanessa Stalling+, United Flight 232. On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O'Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival this award-winning original play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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UniverSoul Circus  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
UniverSoul Circus is a tour de force of circus artistry from around the world. A big-top spectacle of global proportions, the 2017 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch UniverSoul Circus when it raises its Big Top at Chicago's Washington Park.

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A View From the Bridge  
Goodman Theatre A View From the Bridge
 
Hot on the heels of sold-out runs on Broadway and London's West End, this "magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold" (London Evening Standard) revival of Arthur Miller's passionate drama now makes its way to Chicago. With a story that examines the promises and failures of the American Dream, you'll meet Italian-American immigrant and Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone -- a man who holds family and honor above all else ... and yet betrays them both, exposing an unspeakable secret. Already a powerful story, with direction from visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge now pulsates with raw energy at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

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Akeelah And The Bee  
Vittum Theater Akeelah And The Bee
 
After discovering her special talent, Akeelah dreams of winning the national spelling bee. With the support of her teacher and her friends, she fights to overcome every obstacle and make it to the top. Adapted to the stage and set in Chicago, "Akeelah and the Bee" is a testament to community and determination in the face of social, cultural, and economic hardship.

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Amarillo  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Amarillo
 
Amarillo tells the story of a man who departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas-but vanishes before reaching his destination. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the other thousands of faceless men and women who have taken the same path-and for those who were left behind. Combining stunning multimedia projections, visceral imagery and poetic storytelling, the production is a rich theatrical meditation on the harsh realities faced by immigrants and their families. Amarillo is performed in Spanish with projected English translation.

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Arnie The Doughnut  
Lifeline Theatre Arnie The Doughnut
 
Arnie, a loveable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut are drawn into a sugar-fueled existential crisis as they work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome President of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on a zany quest to prove that he's more than just delicious - and that friends come in all shapes and sizes - in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved series by Laurie Keller. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.

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Ashes of Light  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Ashes of Light
 
It's unfortunately rare to see Dominican culture represented on the stage, so don't miss this chance to see the probing new drama Ashes of Light at Richard Christiansen Theater. Part of the Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, it's an intimate portrayal of an estranged mother and son trying to rekindle their love for each other, each representing a different generation of Dominicans living on the north side of Chicago. Over the course of two evenings, the play explores their frayed connection, as long-held secrets begin to emerge and threaten to destroy their already thin bond forever.

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Augusta and Noble  
Merle Reskin Theatre Augusta and Noble
 
Worlds collide in the drama Augusta and Noble when Gabi, who has lived in a vibrant Latino community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, begins high school across the city at Northside College Prep, where she is exposed to new people and a spectrum of possibilities. As Gabi begins to explore her heritage, and discover the truth about her parents' arrival in America, she must figure out exactly where she belongs. Presented at the Merle Reskin Theatre, Augusta and Noble celebrates the rich history and bright futures of the immigrants who call the Windy City home.

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Becky Shaw  
Windy City Playhouse Becky Shaw
 
Becky Shaw is an explosive tale following Suzanna, a woman who has set up her best friend with her husband's co-worker, thinking she's helping them find love; however, what she doesn't anticipate is the chaos that ensues from bringing together a brutally honest businessman and an emotionally-fragile college dropout.

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Bewildered  
Stage 773 Bewildered
 
A parody and reimagining of the beloved '60s/'70s television sitcom Bewitched, this spellbinding throwback is told from the point of view of Gladys Kravitz, the poor, misunderstood neighbor who keeps seeing crazy things at the home of Samantha Stephens, a beautiful witch, and her 'ordinary family.' Gladys' husband Abner has had enough and is about to take drastic measures. Can Gladys prove her visions are real without destroying the Stephens family - or is she doomed to a life of pills and institutions? Gladys finally gets her due in this fun and magical musical parody.

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Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."

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Blue/Orange  
Royal George Theatre Blue/Orange
 
In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient called Christopher claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. In this psychological thriller, Blue/Orange is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle between two doctors, entrusted with a man's life.

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Bob: A Life In Five Acts  
Apollo Theater Bob: A Life In Five Acts
 
From an early age, Bob dreams of becoming a great man. The ensuing rags-to-riches-to-fame-to-fall-to-legacy-to-the-love-of-living-life tale follows Bob on an epic journey in just five acts. A play that explores American Mythology and how hard it is to figure out what will make one happy.

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The Bone House  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Bone House
 
Greenhouse Theater Center presents The Bone House. Playwright Marty Chan's harrowing, hour-long play takes the form of a mock lecture by an author named Eugene Crowley, whose latest book explores the inner life of serial killers. The lecture starts off charmingly enough, given the topic, with a dry and detached, almost historical roundup of prominent murderers and their heinous methods. But then, Crowley increasingly turns his attention to the members of the audience -- and it becomes clear that he has much more on his mind than lecturing. If you think you can handle it, The Bone House is an ominous night of creepy drama.

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Building the Wall  
Athenaeum Theatre Building the Wall
 
From Pulitzer and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way, Hacksaw Ridge - Academy Award nomination), comes a provocative 80-minute theatrical event written in a white-hot fury. In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, Building the Wall urgently reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going.

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Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love)  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love)
 
We all knew it was only a matter of time, after the Tweeter in Chief's "covfefe" blunder caught hold of the pop-political zeitgeist like a rabid dog, before it would begin to inspire artistic interpretations. Lucky for us, the result here is the clever and outrageous Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love). Covfefe Lamont Jenkins is a southern farmer enraged by the current political climate, repeatedly making his opinions known via an ongoing Twitter beef with the POTUS. However, one day Covfefe is tagged in a tweet that pushes him to take an action so extreme that it sends the entire nation into a tailspin. Find out what happens next at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.

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Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.

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A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.

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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular  
Rosemont Theatre Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
 
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is sure to get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience. Catch all the high-flying fun at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.

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The Civility of Albert Cashier  
Stage 773 The Civility of Albert Cashier
 
This true story, set between 1862 and 1915, tells the astonishing, "timely, essential, insightful" and true story of "an amazing figure from [our] history" (The Windy City Times). In The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier, Albert Cashier is a Civil War soldier with a secret that resonates with today's modern world. Detailing the soldier's life fighting in more than 40 engagements during the Civil War, the musical follows Cashier through retirement and the onset of dementia, when a life-long secret was discovered: That Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers. Causing an uproar in the small southern Illinois community where Cashier lived, Cashier was prosecuted for impersonating a soldier, requiring fellow soldiers to return once again after 60 years to detail Albert's heroism and life.

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The Crucible  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Crucible
 
The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Fearing retribution, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until neighbor turns against neighbor, whispers become testimony, fabrications become facts, and a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate of all those around her. As the hearts of the townsfolk become poisoned, even John Proctor, a principled farmer and family man, must wrestle with a corrupt court and his own transgressions to protect his innocent wife and his family's good name.

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Dracula  
Mercury Theater Dracula
 
Chicago's famed theater company, The Hypocrites presents DRACULA directed by Sean Graney. Just in time for Halloween, this wildly theatrical work weaves an engaging story of passion, yearning, cruelty and sacrifice. Bram Stoker's haunting story comes to life as the friends and family of the beautiful Lucy Seward try to discover the cause of her mysterious illness. With the help of the supernatural specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, they discover that the mysteriously charming Count Dracula is a vampire who has made Lucy his latest victim. Dracula just might stake its claim as this Halloween's most thrilling adventure.

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The Explorers Club  
Citadel Theatre Company The Explorers Club
 
Armed only with a spoon, an intrepid female explorer ventures into the jungle and returns with Luigi, a suitably exotic-looking member of the lost tribe she's just discovered. Yet the esteemed -- and all male -- members of London's exclusive Explorers Club still refuse to allow her entry. Granted, it's 1879 and well before women's lib, but this particular group of professors aren't exactly setting the world on fire -- one's searching for the East Pole and another believes the lost tribes of Israel actually ended up in Ireland. Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) wrote this crazy battle-of-the-sexes comedy, dubbed "wildly funny" by Variety, now coming to the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest as part of their 15th-anniversary celebration.

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Fade  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fade
 
In this witty behind-the-scenes drama, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood TV series. She soon discovers that the Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. Fade, directed by Sandra Marquez, is an acclaimed new play from Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) whose writing "lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama" (Chicago Tribune).

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Flanagan's Wake  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
 
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).

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Foxfinder  
Athenaeum Theatre Foxfinder
 
In the not so distant future, the economy is failing, food is scarce and paranoia is in the air. Samuel and Judith Covey live in rural England, maintaining their government-controlled farm - in constant fear of losing it all. After an anonymous tip, William Bloor, a "Foxfinder," arrives to investigate a suspected contamination, threatening to uncover secrets of desire and regret that will change all of their lives forever.

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Fun Home  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fun Home
 
Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and the winner of 5 Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. In this intimate musical, Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations - from her coming out to her moving journey to acceptance. Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Never the Sinner) directs this emotionally charged family drama that The New York Times calls "extraordinary," and "a rare beauty."

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Hard Times  
Lookingglass Theatre Hard Times
 
A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through. Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.

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His Greatness  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena His Greatness
 
Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.

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The House of Bernarda Alba  
St. Bonaventure Church The House of Bernarda Alba
 
In this great modern Spanish tragedy, Bernarda is a stern matriarch obsessed with family honor. Just widowed, she announces to her five daughters that they will enter a traditional eight-year period of cloistered mourning. Each daughter desires love, but with the doors clamped shut, they silently turn to other pursuits-except one, who pursues an affair with the betrothed of the eldest daughter. Discovery results in a tragic climax that is unrelenting in its severity and terror.

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The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.

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Into the Woods  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Into the Woods
 
A fresh, sophisticated spin on Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when magic becomes strikingly real. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife complete a number of tasks for a witch who promises to grant their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. All the storybook characters discover that wishes often come with a steep price, and things don't always end happily ever after. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards and the cast recording took home a Grammy. Come see this production when it enchants and astounds at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol  
Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? In the funny and heartwarming Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, he does. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own bonds, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own. This is the eighth annual production of Tom Mula's adaptation of Dickens' classic at Naperville's Meiley-Swallow Theatre.

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Lady Faust  
The Public House Theatre Lady Faust
 
"Lady Faust" is an adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's haunting work, which takes a female-forward turn. The central character is woman struggling through the Great Depression, who has lost the right to inherit her father's business and fortune because she's female. In true Faust fashion, she strikes a deal with Lucifer to make women equal to men in public and private matters. She has a year to run the family business and overturn the patriarchy, or she will lose her soul forever.

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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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The Legend Of Georgia McBride  
Northlight Theatre The Legend Of Georgia McBride
 
A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator has an overdrawn checking account and a baby on the way. When a drag show takes over the entertainment at the Florida Panhandle bar where he performs, he'll also be out of a job...unless he's willing to step into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice.

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Light Up The Sky  
Citadel Theatre Company Light Up The Sky
 
The play's first act takes place before the play-within-a -play begins, when all assembled are being effusively loving toward each other. In LIGHT UP THE SKY's second act, the play's performance has ended disastrously and, believing the play will flop, the theater folk quickly turn on each other. In the third act, when they see the overnight reviews at 5:30 am and it's clear the play will be a hit, they frantically try to repair the damage they did to their relationships when they thought the play had failed.

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Macbeth  
Cornservatory Macbeth
 
Odd's Bodkins and Corn Productions are proud to present our First Annual production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Directed by Susie Matthews, this production is set in 1920s Baton Rouge. In a Southern Gothic world of fading plantation aristocracy and voodoo magic, the Macbeths seek an answer to the timeless question of how free their free will really is.

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The Magic Parlour  
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!

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Making God Laugh  
Steel Beam Theatre Making God Laugh
 
With all that stress and friction, the holidays make or break every family. Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals resurface and ancient tensions flare up in Making God Laugh at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles. Ultimately, the family discovers that, despite what we have in mind, we often find ourselves exactly where we need to be. As Woody Allen will tell you, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."

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The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero  
Chicago Dramatists The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero
 
A congressman entices an old friend (and washed-up actor) to portray a superhero in a publicity stunt designed to stop the unjust bulldozing of a public housing complex. They leave the crowd enthralled, but what happens when the character the politician created goes rogue? This graphic novel for the stage employs a seamless blend of live actors and shadow puppets to interrogate the hopes, fears and social forces that push people to yearn for and believe in the possibility of superheroes.

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Marie Christine  
Theater Wit Marie Christine
 
Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, this dark musical chronicles the journey of Marie Christine, a racially mixed woman imprisoned without a trial to face death. From her jail cell, she recounts her journey, beginning with a genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society. There, she falls madly in love with a white ship captain named Dante. When the relationship comes to light, Marie and Dante flee to Chicago, where Dante abandons her for a career in politics. Betrayed and alone, Marie undertakes the darkest vengeance, which leads her to her tragic fate. MARIE CHRISTINE received Tony Award nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score.

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Million Dollar Quartet  
Paramount Theatre Million Dollar Quartet
 
Travel back in time to Memphis's Sun Records recording studio on December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played together their first and only time and created an explosive album that has yet to be matched. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story with all the raw energy and monumental talent everyone has come to expect from these music giants.

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Miss Julia  
Steppenwolf Theatre Miss Julia
 
An affair between an upper class woman and a household servant captures the power dynamics of the U.S. and Latin America in Miss Julia. Based on August Strindberg's much-revived 19th-century drama, this bilingual production for the DESTINOS Chicago International Latino Theater Festival sets the action in Colombia for a timely effect. And the whole evening will transport you south of the border as you sip rum and delight your taste buds with salsa while enjoying live traditional Colombian folk music. Jhon Alex Toro, of the Oscar-nominated film Maria Full of Grace, stars in this clash of cultures at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre.

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.

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Mr. Lee's Night of Horror  
The Public House Theatre Mr. Lee's Night of Horror
 
In the style of Tales from the Crypt or the busty body of work from Elvira, Mr. Lee is now here to guide you through these tales of the bizarre, meant to excite and terrify you. These 10-minute plays are a mix of bone-chilling, sweat-inducing and funny-bone tickling entertainment, featuring everything from a horrifying sandwich that reveals your deepest fears to the ghost of a woman depressingly deformed. Make your way to Chicago's Public House Theatre for Mr. Lee's Night of Horror ... if you dare.

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A Night With Janis Joplin  
Rosemont Theatre A Night With Janis Joplin
 
A Night With Janis Joplin is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Powered by show-stopping hits like "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show brings Joplin's story to the stage while also saluting some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. With this special pre-sale offer, you'l be sure to nab tickets to this soulful, no-holds-barred tribute at the Rosemont Theatre.

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The Nutcracker  
Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago brings holiday cheer with its fifth annual return of their all-original, family-friendly The Nutcracker. The House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.

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Occidental Express  
Trap Door Theatre Occidental Express
 
Visionary director Istvan Szabo K returns to Chicago to stage Matei Visniec's Occidental Express, a visceral examination of people on a journey to forget their past for the promise of a mythical utopian future.

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Par for the Corpse  
Oil Lamp Theater Par for the Corpse
 
When a novelist throws a party at her Catskills retreat and a sudden blizzard strands everybody, it isn't long before they discover a killer amongst them. After one of them is poisoned mysteriously, the others try to figure out who did it and how it was done. They're baffled by the seemingly impossible crime untll one guest thinks of a ruse to reveal the killer. Now everyone, even the hostess, is a suspect -- and a number of murky motives emerge during the night's strange events. There are plenty of laughs as the play unfolds, but there are more shrieks of terror than of hilarity -- especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot twists. See if you can guess the shocker of an ending before it's too late, when Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater presents Par for the Corpse.

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Perfect Arrangement  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Perfect Arrangement
 
It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other's partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two "All-American" couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

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Peter Pan  
Cahn Auditorium Peter Pan
 
Join the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan, along with his pals the Lost Boys and the mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and try to save the three Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- from the menacing pirate Captain Hook. All it takes is a sprinkling of pixie dust to begin their magical journey across the stars. This beloved family classic includes the songs "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Neverland," with a 26-piece orchestra providing live accompaniment. Fly away with the gang at Cahn Auditorium courtesy of Music Theater Works.

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Punk  
The Den Theatre Punk
 
Set in a maximum-security prison in present day America, Punk is the story of a group of inmates who are protected and housed in a special unit for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. Tensions rise when Travis, a young man sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a gay man, requests to transfer into the unit. Fear and suspicion hover over the inmates who call this unit home.

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The Rembrandt  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Rembrandt
 
When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues. Spanning centuries of human experience, Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt movingly explores the power of creative expression and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty, reminding us that though our beliefs may die with the sound of our voice, it's the love we share-and the art that love inspires-that finds eternity.

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Rigoletto  
Lyric Opera Rigoletto
 
Rigoletto, Verdi's masterpiece of 1851, presents a magnificent, deeply moving characterization of a hunchbacked court jester consumed by bitterness and revenge. Rigoletto is the father of Gilda, who is seduced and abandoned by the licentious Duke of Mantua. Sparafucile is the assassin hired by Rigoletto to murder the Duke; Maddalena is Sparafucile's seductive sister; and Count Monterone's curse on Rigoletto initiates the drama of the opera.

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The Rocky Balboa Picture Show  
Cornservatory The Rocky Balboa Picture Show
 
The worlds of the Rocky Balboa film franchise and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" meet for a world premier mashup musical parody of epic proportions. When Adrian and Paulie get stranded in the middle of Nowhere, Russia, the two stumble upon a mysterious training center where Micky has been preparing Rocky Balboa for the big fight against Russia's prize champion boxer, Ivan Drago. However, Rocky's workouts have produced unexpected results, and the Sly Stallone we thought we knew has been transformed into a pit-stained, stiletto-wearing fighter. Featuring iconic characters from both sides of the screen smashed between both universes, "The Rocky Balboa Picture Show" boasts a high energy, strangely sexy, and over-the-top musical production.

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Rookie of the Year: The Musical  
MCL Chicago Rookie of the Year: The Musical
 
Henry Rowengartner was just your average 12 year old boy growing up in Chicago. That is until an accident gives him an astonishingly powerful pitching arm and he's asked to pitch for the Chicago Cubs. With a little help from his friends, his coaches, and a guy dating his mom, can Henry take the Cubs to the World Series?

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Saint Joan  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Saint Joan
 
Poetic Forum Collective presents this inclusive, all-femme reimagining of Saint Joan as a production intended to expose the relationships between women in the workforce. Set in a corporate network world, we follow the journey of Joan of Arc as she navigates status, title and class, striving to find those who will follow her voice. Set in a major television corporation, Saint Joan asks us to examine questions of representation and women's role in advocacy, especially women of color. At the end of Shaw's play, originally placed in the 1400s, Joan asks "O God that madest this beautiful earth, when will it be ready to receive Thy saints? How long, O Lord, how long?" Hundreds of years later, a young black woman named Joan is asking the same question of her world-our world today, one dominated by women of higher class and status, and they're still not ready for her voice. You won't want to miss this fiery retelling of Joan of Arc, featuring 15 femme-identifying artists of many backgrounds!

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School Of Rock  
Cadillac Palace Theatre School Of Rock
 
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!" (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"

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Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits  
Citadel Theatre Company Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits
 
This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Bring the family to Citadel Theatre in Chicago's Lake Forest neighborhood for a show that'll warm your heart and put you in a holiday frame of mind.

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Shark Tank: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Shark Tank: The Musical
 
Ever watch the TV show Shark Tank and think, "That show would make a great musical!"? Well, your friends at The Annoyance did. A great cast of Annoyance regulars play your favorite sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, Barbara and Robert, along with all kinds of characters and their crazy pitches as they try to land a deal. Come to Chicago's The Annoyance Theatre & Bar with some good ideas, because you just might find that you're pitching, too!

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The Sipping Hour  
The Public House Theatre The Sipping Hour
 
If you love programs like The Moth, This American Life and A Prairie Home Companion, but just wish you could be in the room where the stories are being told, look no further than your friendly, neighborhood storefront theater -- aka The Public House Theatre in Chicago. Once a month, The National American Presents The Sipping Hour, a live collection of stories, sketches and audio delights built around a single theme.

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Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as a nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood! Directed once again by Annoyance regular Charley Carroll.

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Striking Out  
Annoyance Theatre Striking Out
 
"Striking Out" is a two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay. The Chicago Otters (a professional baseball team) are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine has torn his acl, mcl, tibia, fibula, patella, meniscus, and in a medical first: melted his knee cap. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open tryout. Iowa farm kid Jimmy Roberts would be perfect for such an opportunity- he wields a baseball bat like Thor does a hammer. There is only one problem: he's straight and deeply in love with his girlfriend Penny. Figuring that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Jimmy decides to lie about his sexuality and convinces Penny to come along for the ride as his "sister" in pursuit of both their dreams. She wants to be a TV journalist like her idol Matt Lauer. Jimmy ends up making the team, but will life as a big city professional athlete with all its temptations, conniving agents, and money lead Jimmy and Penny down the wrong path?Will his secret come out?

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Swan Lake  
Athenaeum Theatre Swan Lake
 
Ever since it premiered in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has continued to enchant audiences, inspiring countless performances and earning a reputation as "the ballet of all ballets." Now, with spectacular sets, glittering costumes and the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, the Russian Grand Ballet brings this beloved classic to Chicago. Swan Lake tells the hauntingly beautiful story of young lovers Siegfried and Odette, who's been captured by an evil sorcerer and transformed into a swan. Siegfred only has a short time to save his beloved before she's cursed to remain a swan forever, but standing in his way is the sorcerer's daughter, the beguiling black swan Odile, who comes to tempt and distract him away from his quest. Featuring premier dancers from some of Russia's elite choreographic schools, this stunning full-length production graces the stage of Athenaeum Theatre.

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Sylvester  
Lifeline Theatre Sylvester
 
ylvester, Duke of Salford, was born with wealth and good looks, but a life of privilege has rendered him unfeeling towards others. Phoebe Marlow was graced with a sparkling wit and independent spirit, but languishes under the thumb of her domineering stepmother. When this mismatched couple is thrust together by their meddling families, both rebel and their tidy little worlds spin into chaos. Midnight flights, desperate sea voyages, and scathing society hijinks ensue as these unlikely lovers labor to avoid their fate. Grab the reins and charge headlong into a topsy-turvy tale of madcap romance in this world premiere comedy based on the 1957 novel by Georgette Heyer.

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The Taming of the Shrew  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Taming of the Shrew
 
The year is 1919 and, amidst suffrage marches in Chicago, a women's theater troupe is convening to rehearse their upcoming comedy: The Taming of the Shrew. In the play, fortune-seeking suitors compete for the hand of the demure Bianca, but her father has decreed that her fiery and tempestuous sister Katherine must first wed. Petruchio takes on the task of wooing and winning her-and so begins the notorious battle of wits. Along the way, the Suffragettes re-examine the characters in Shakespeare's story, as well as their own status as women in society.

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This Wonderful Life  
Edge Theatre This Wonderful Life
 
Founding Ensemble member and Chicago's original "George Bailey" James Leaming inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life". George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man's life has on the people around him.

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Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.

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Upstairs: The Musical  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Upstairs: The Musical
 
On Sunday, June 24th, 1973 a gay bar known as the Upstairs Lounge in the "Gay Triangle" area of the French Quarter of New Orleans was set ablaze by an arsonist. Wooden stairs leading to the bar's only entrance were doused in lighter fluid and set alight. 29 people perished in the fire itself, while another three later succumbed to their injuries, bringing the death toll to 32. It remains the deadliest attack on an LGBTQ population in US history until the recent Pulse Nightclub. A work of fiction inspired by events that are all too real, Upstairs: The Musical now comes to Pride Arts Center's Broadway Stage in Chicago.

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Yasmina's Necklace  
Goodman Theatre Yasmina's Necklace
 
Newly arrived in Chicago from her homeland, Iraqi artist Yasmina has hardened herself to the possibility of finding happiness. But when she meets Sam, a man with his own emotional setbacks, what had seemed unthinkable becomes tantalizingly real. Chicago-based artists playwright Rohina Malik and director Ann Filmer reunite for the downtown debut of Yasmina's Necklace, following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at 16th Street Theater last year.

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